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Ricardo Gomez

Research Projects

Current Projects:

Immigration and Information at the crossroads

  • Mind the Five: Humanitarian Information Activities: Information practices and protection of privacy in humanitarian context.
  • ICT and Surveillance at the US-Mexico border: Information needs and practices of humanitarian organizations and irregular migrants at the US-Mexico border; the role of ICT and its legal and ethical implications in the context of migration.
  • Latinx Stories at UW: Life stories of Latino and Latina faculty, students and staff at University of Washington
  • FotoHistorias: Participatory Photography with Immigrants in Seattle, at the US-Mexico Border, and Colombia. Also with indigenous community in Chiapas, Mexico.
  • Sanctuary: Migration and spaces of sanctuary in US and Europe. Sanctuary as an expression of moral outrage.

Indigenous Information in Chiapas, Mexico

  • SIET: An integrated information and communication system with an indigenous library, a monitoring and evaluation system, and a community radio with Tseltal indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico.
  • CWO: Community Wellness Outcomes: How can we measure intangible impacts of ICT for community development, especially non-monetary impacts such as self esteem and expression of aspirations.

Past Projects:

ICT and Latino day laborers in WA State

ICT and Latino day laborers: How do undeserved populations such as Hispanic day laborers in Washington State use computers and other information and communication technologies? Past projects include:

  • Fearless Cards, a toolkit for basic computer literacy training for underserved populations
  • CasaCare, a (failed) platform to connect Home Care workers at Casa Latina with potential employers.


How do information and communication technologies help people improve their lives?

Pushback: Expressions of resistance to permanent online connectivity

ICTD TrendsGrowth and maturation of the field of ICTD

  • How has the discourse about ICT for development shifted over the past decade? This study does a content analysis of journals and conferences in the ICTD field between 2000-2010.